Keonjhar: After Similipal sanctuary in Mayurbhanj district, poachers now seem to be making inroads into the Hadagarh sanctuary. The fact came to light after wildlife division forest officials seized the carcass of three elephants, allegedly killed by tusk smugglers from Hadagarh wildlife sanctuary near Chakratirtha biodiversity area.

The forest department seized the carcass after interrogating five persons for their alleged involvement in the smuggling of tuskers. The department has seized about 12 kg tusks worth about Rs nine lakh from a house in Purunia village under Hadagarh forest range area on April 22.

BARIPADA: Already shocked over frequent elephant killings in Similipal and Kuldiha reserve forests, the forest authorities here are in for some more trouble.

BALASORE: They stood like a wall around their calves protecting them from a tiger couple.

In a rare show of filial affection, a herd of 42 elephants cordoned off two calves in Kuldiha sanctuary in Balasore district for nearly 24 hours to save them from two tigers. The elephants made a ring around the babies till the tigers vanished into the dense forest yesterday.